Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Mark your calendars with our next season's performance dates. We are thrilled to be continuing our fourth decade of Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic concerts in Alexandria and Washington. As always, the 2017-18 season provides a variety of musical experiences to those curious about unusual and exceptional music. We invite you to experience the profound beauty of symphonic music in a season long journey.
This season features our usual mix of music and outstanding soloists, and this year, a special emphasis on local composers and performers. Our season will begin with Ben Roundtree’s Symphony #1. Ben is music director at the McLean Baptist Church. On the same program, rising star Arlington violinist Leonid Sushansky will perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto. Our December concert will feature local virtuoso guitarist Piotr Pakhomki. In February, we will present Mark Edwards Wilson’s Piano Concerto with Thomas Pandolfi. Wilson is a music professor at the University of Maryland, and Tom is a virtuoso pianist from Silver Spring. I guarantee you will love this gorgeous concerto. Our last concert of the season will feature our local renowned Washington Saxophone Quartet. In addition to all this music, you will hear some great music by Debussy, William Bolcom, Dvorak, and others.
Don’t miss any of these thrilling concerts. Season flex pass tickets are available now. As always, youth 18 and under are free, and the WMP Season Flex Pass is the best value in the region for tickets.
Ulysses S. James
Music Director and Conductor
Sunday October 22 3 pm Church of the Epiphany (DC)
Sunday October 29 3 pm George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria)
Ben Roundtree, Symphony No. 1 “Heroes”
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D major, Leonid Sushansky, Violin
WMP kicks off its 47th season with two special pieces. Local Virginia composer Ben Roundtree’s five movement Symphony No. 1, based on five of Roundtree’s spiritual and inspirational heroes and mentors, leads this first program of the season. Then the Philharmonic teams with rising local star violinist Leonid Sushansky to perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved virtuoso Violin Concerto. Overall lyrical, the concerto is in turns graceful and brilliant, then elegaic, and the piece finishes with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics.
Sunday December 10 3 pm George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria)
Sunday December 17 3 pm Church of the Epiphany (DC)
Jim Territo, John Henry Vs. The Machine, Karl Hovey, Tuba; Charles Williams, Narrator
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes for Cello and Orchestra, Randy Ward, Cello
Ottorini Respighi, Gli uccelli, P.154 (The Birds)
Alexandre Tansman, Concertino in Homage to Manual de Falla, Piotr Pakhomkin, Guitar
First explore American music with Territo’s The Story of John Henry Set to Music. The Tubist is featured as the "voice" of John Henry, and the Percussion embodying "the machine". Then join WMP as we journey through Italy, Spain (via French Composers) and England in a concert of favorites. WMP principal cellist Randy Ward performs with the orchestra in Vaughn Williams’ pastoral English fantasy. The orchestra displays the brilliant orchestral colors of Respighi’s stunning Italianate tone poem. Outstanding guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin concludes the program with Tansman’s delightful homage to Manuel de Falla.
Sunday February 11 3 pm Church of the Epiphany (DC)
Sunday February 18 3 pm George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria)
Composition Competition Winner and Grammy-nominated Composer
Zhou Tian Broken Ink, movements 1,2, and 5:
1) Hearing the Sound of the Rain and the Bell
2) Watching the Tidal Bore
5) Listening to the Land
William Grant Still, Symphony No 4
Mark Edwards Wilson, Piano Concerto, Thomas Pandolfi, Piano
The Philharmonic introduces three outstanding works by American Composers. Often compared to Copland’s music, the music in William Grant Still’s rarely performed and completely enjoyable Symphony #4 combines beautiful and lyrical melodies with stately and majestic phrases that, in his words, “represent the spirit of the American people.” For the second work, WMP teams with acclaimed pianist Thomas Pandolfi to present a WMP premiere of local composer Mark Edwards Wilson’s brilliant and lyrical Piano Concerto. This gorgeous concerto delights with flowing melodies and virtuoso variations. This concert also includes this season's WMPA Composition Competition Winner, Zhou Tian's Broken Ink, a multi-movement meditation on Song Dynasty poetry that combines Chinese traditions with the lushness and power of a Western symphony orchestra. WMP will perform three of its five movements,
1) Hearing the sound of the rain and the bell
2) Watching the Tidal Bore
5) Listening to the Land
Sunday April 15 3 pm Church of the Epiphany (DC)
Sunday April 22 3 pm George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria)
Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5
Anthony Iannaccone, Divertimento for Orchestra
It has been said that, in the monumental Fifth Symphony, the best qualities of Shostakovich's music, such as meditation, humor and grandeur, blend in perfect balance and self-fulfillment. Written at the height of Stalin’s purges, and designed to appear to appease the Russian authorities, it nonetheless was a huge success at its first performance and continues to this day to be Shostakovich’s most popular symphony. Similarly, American composer (and former WMPA Composition Competition winner) Iannacone’s Divertimento is his most popular work. Based on a tune in Boccherini’s Menuet, it is a charming essay in free variation and thematic metamorphosis, combining a lullaby, a dance and the Menuet tune.
Sunday June 3 3 pm Church of the Epiphany (DC)
Sunday June 10 3 pm George Washington Masonic National Memorial (Alexandria)
Claude Debussy, Rapsodie pour orchestre et saxophone, Rich Kleinfeldt, Saxophone
William Bolcom, Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet, Washington Saxophone Quartet
Antonin Dvorak, Golden Spinning Wheel, op.109, B.197 (Zlatý kolovrat)
The Philharmonic partners with the Saxophone Quartet to present Debussy’s delightful rhapsody for Saxophone. This impressionistic work is typical Debussy with atmospheric color and effects. According to composer William Bolcom, his Concerto Grosso “was written purely as a piece to be enjoyed by performers and listeners.” The first 3 movements evoke blues harmonies, a lyrical larghetto, a waltz, and the final movement combines a Bach-like approach with be-bop rhythms and blues. The Dvorak work, a lush symphonic tone poem based on a folk tale, displays melodic beauty, harmonic imagination, and brilliant orchestral vividness
All programs and performers subject to change without notice.
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18 and Under - Free
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